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When to Stop Swaddling Baby

When Did You Stop Swaddling?

Snug as a bug in a rug. That's how many mamas describe their newborns once they are swaddled up tightly in a blanket. New moms work hard to perfect their swaddling technique, watching the maternity ward nurses like hawks and testing out various sizes and shapes of blankets before finding the perfect one.

While some lil Houdinis find a way to break out of any type of wrapping, many find comfort in the warmth and security the carefully wrapped blankets provide. But, there comes a point where the lil ones start moving around too much to remain in the swaddle, and their parents must make the transition to swaddle-free sleep. Doctors recommend weaning a baby from her wrappings around the four-month mark (or when she starts to roll over) for safety reasons, but many parents keep up the practice in order to maintain a restful night's sleep (for both the parents and the baby).

When did you give up the swaddle?

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depeche3 depeche3 6 years
Our baby is 14 weeks old.. and we still swaddle our baby. He just can't sleep without it, though the does break through during the night and we have to re-swaddle him.
mkjunebug mkjunebug 6 years
Very timely - going through a swaddle nightmare right now. Our daughter is 9 months old and has had a love/hate relationship with the swaddle from the day we brought her home. She breaks out of it, but can't seem to fall asleep with out it. Today marks the first night of putting her to sleep without the swaddle...wish me luck!
o918o9 o918o9 6 years
My son is 5 months old and I still swaddle him, I keep his arms out though because he doesn't like them being tucked in. If i try and move him to his crib when he's not wrapped up, he wakes up, but as soon as he's swaddled he's good.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I stopped swaddling my daughter at about 4 months. By then, she had outgrown the newborn swaddling blankets, and she'd get too hot at night but wouldn't sleep unswaddled, so I ended up cutting sheets into squares about 1.5 times the size of the receiving blankets and using those.
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
After about 2 weeks with my son (when he started breaking free) and about 2 days with my daughter (she hated it).
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Never did. My boys didn't like too many covers on them. They preferred snuggling against me.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I don't know the exact age we stopped but it was probably around 4 or 5 months. She never rolled over young, in fact, i couldn't tell you when she rolled for the first time because it was so far down the line and long past other developmental stages. She was content on her back and thats how she stayed. She slept on her back until close to 1 1/2 when she started side sleeping.
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
I should add that he wasn't a roller at ALL, so that is why I didn't push stopping early. He hated rollling, in fact, so I wasn't concerned. Otherwise, for safey sake, I would have stopped earlier.
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
My son LOVED the swaddle! We totally swaddled, first with a blanket, then a sleepsack, and finally the Miracle Blanket, for probably 6 months. Then for another month or two, we swaddled just his legs to sleep. He was 7-8 months when totally weaned if I remember correctly. I didn't think too much of it after birth, but when he was totally fussy and crying for hours at a time, I tried it again, and it was a miracle for us!
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 6 years
We are just weaning our 4 month old off the swaddle and into a sleep sack. The first week he didn't do too well, but for the past two nights, he has actually slept. Cross your fingers that the trend continues!
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
My daghter doesn't like her hands/arms confined. We swaddle her legs for nighttime. She is two months old.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I never swaddled. My son hated it, and would scream the entire time. He was huge (9.5lbs, 22') so maybe he was a bit cramped in the womb and enjoyed his new freedom? I really don't know, but he hated it!
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I stopped the full swaddle at about 1 day old! My daughter hated having her arms confined. I did swaddle her legs for about 4 months and then moved her into a sleeping bag, which she still uses at 17 months (a larger one, obviously!).
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
I only occasionally did that, maybe 2 nights a week, or when I didn't have a clean sleeping bag. I think I did that the last time when she was about 5 months old.
princessya princessya 6 years
My DD was able to wriggle and break free from swaddling at 4 months. However, for the months 2 - 4, she required to be swaddled, or else!
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